Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), Prayagraj is expected to postpone the class 10 and 12 board exams due to the upcoming Panchayat elections. The examinations were earlier scheduled to be held from April 24, however, the same will now be conducted in May. CBSE, CISCE, and other boards have also postponed their exams to be held in May-June due to the pandemic. The UP panchayat elections are scheduled to be held in four phases on April 15, 19, 26, and 29, the board officials are expected to announce a revised date sheet after the elections, as reported by news18.com earlier.
State deputy CM Dinesh Sharma had earlier said that the panchayat elections require more staff for which school teachers are deputy on duty. “Teachers’ duties are also imposed in the elections, so the Election Commission had requested to change the dates of the examination,” Sharma had said at Lucknow University earlier.
Since the counting of votes will be held on May 2, the examinations are likely to start on May 8 and conclude by May 30, however, the exact dates will be known once the UP Board releases its date sheet. Once released the UP Board revised dates will be available at upmsp.edu.
Over 56 lakh students will be appearing for UP Board class 10 and 12 exams. This year, a total of 56,03,813 students have registered for the Class 10 and 12 board exams. Out of the total students, 29,94,312 students have registered for Class 10 board exams while 26,09501 for the intermediate exams. A total of 31,47,793 boys and 24,56,020 girls will be writing the UP board exams in 2021.
Considering the loss of instructional hours caused due to COVID-led school shutdown, the UP Board has reduced the syllabus by 30 per cent for the academic year 2020-21.
In 2020, as many as 83.31 per cent of students cleared the class 10 exams. For UP Board class 12 exams, the pass percentage stood at 74.63 per cent in 2020. To pass, students need to obtain 35 per cent marks. UP Board has started giving digital mark sheets from last year. In 2020 too exams were marred by COVID-19.